Since the pandemic started, we’ve seen a number of people hit the road and attempt to break the Cannonball Run record, and for good reason. With most people working from home due to the pandemic, the roads have never been clearer. Less traffic = faster times.
For those of you unfamiliar with the Cannonball, it’s a non-stop coast-to-coast drive that starts at the Red Ball Garage in Manhattan, NY and ends at the Portofino Inn in Redondo Beach, CA. The goal? To make the trek as fast as possible.
Gas Monkey Garage‘s Richard Rawlings beat the previous record (set back in ’83) behind the wheel of a 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello, making the trip in 31 hours and 59 minutes. Alex Roy beat his record a short time later in his 2000 BMW M5. A few years after that, VINwiki’s Ed Bolian blew that record away with a 28 hour, 50 minute run in a 2004 Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG.
After that, the record remained untouched until 2019, when people started going after it again. And since the quarantine started, numerous people have made attempts, realizing that the roads would never be this empty again.. Even if it meant potentially having an asterisk next to your record in the eyes of some, as they feel like its “cheating”. But hey, anything goes in the Cannonball!
The car you see here, a 2019 Audi S6 modified to look like a Ford Taurus-based Police Interceptor, is the latest car to break the illustrious record.
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